Unfortunately, we are unable to provide tailored legal advice in this forum. My question is: 1. I did not even have him put on the birth certificate. If he ever was to come back into her life would he have and rights ? Do I have any automatic rights over custody upon her death? Thank you. Though several laws connect marriage and parenting, child laws mostly depend on the biological and legal relationships between the parent and the child. If you contact the office to book an initial appointment we would be very happy to discuss your particular situation with you. However, with the help of this guide from our family law team, parents going through a divorce can understand the essentials of the child custody process. I also take care of the child from the moment my partner leaves for work to when she comes back. We are unable to provide specific advice in this forum. I am trying to be as nice as I can about it all, and have paid several hundred pounds in presents and savings as I really want to build a relationship with him, but I am seemingly in a no win situation and I really need help. Today the mother has messaged saying that she is done with the baby and doesn’t want anything more to do with the baby. This includes mediation. I believe he is too young for nursery and I would rather care for him 3 days a week and the mother cares for him 4 days a week. She then relays dates and times to him. This is a complex situation and we are unable to offer tailored legal advice on this forum. If you hold parental responsibility for a child you have a responsibility for that child’s wellbeing. Hi,I have a 2 month old son his biological father is on the birth certificate my son carries my surname. As your child lives outside of the UK, you will need to contact a lawyer in your jurisdiction for advice. The circumstances you describe are complex and as such you should seek legal advice from a Resolution lawyer as soon as possible. me and my son have a wounderful relationship and have done since he was born, we have never been apart longer than 24hrs, i take him to school, pick him up from school, never missed a play, sports day, parent teacher night and so on. Thank you for your comment. Dose he still have the same right as the mother? Some states may also assume that in the case of unmarried parents, the mother automatically has custody, while others expect single mothers to file for custody, even if the father is not involved. National laws determine: who will have custody; whether custody will be single or shared; who will decide on the child's education; who will administer the child's property, and similar issues. What steps can I take? Wells Burcombe LLP is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA Number 488294). If he is not named on the birth certificate the father will not have parental responsibility but he is still your child’s legal father. I would recommend that you invite your son’s mother to attend mediation in order to discuss the issues you have raised. I am scared he wont let me do it and wont allow me to see my baby. Only an Islamic ceremony. In order to fulfil this responsibility, you have the right to make legal decisions for that child, including decisions relating to their education, religion, medical treatment and name. Thank you so much! Now my child is around ten and i haven’t seen him since the eastern of 2017 , only for half an hour, after i refused to see him anymore with someone being with us. We will make every effort to help you find an amicable solution without involving the courts. I followed the rules for seven years, in order to build a relationship with my son. There is a Registration Act, in which the boy has both our names. I feel a constant battle regarding what’s right for my daughter with her mother. If you are unsure as to whether you have parental responsibility for your child it is vital that you seek specialist family law advice and, if necessary, take steps to obtain parental responsibility. Legal Custody “Custody” or “legal custody” means the rights and responsibilities parents have towards their child. A solicitor will be able to draw up a short statutory declaration for you and your ex-husband to swear in the presence of (a different solicitor). I suggest that you contact a specialist Resolution lawyer who can assist you. Copyright © 2020 — Wells Burcombe LLP • All rights reserved. I’m written as his father at his birth certificate . I am sorry to hear that your partner retained your child without your agreement. Thank you for your comment Kelly. Child custody cases with unmarried parents are complex and require the expertise of a professional lawyer. I feel that his is a little unfair of the ex as she has taken his son away with her new partner since they have been together without a thought for how my son felt, just informing him they were going on holiday! He said if I don’t communicate with him he won’t allow access. Thank you for your comment Leanne. Thank you for your comment Sarah. Your situation is clearly complex and the difficulties are long standing. hi. How does this work if I wish to sell the property and move somewhere else? If you feel that you need tailored legal advice, please don’t hesitate to contact the office to book an initial appointment with one of our specialists. and can her mother stop this contact from happening? Not sure if a relationship counsellor will be the route for me as I suspect my partner is in the process of purchasing a house 3 hours drive away from me, she will then move straight into there upon giving birth. We are unable to advise in this matter on this blog and suggest that you contact a lawyer for legal advice. Easter, summer holidays and Bank Holiday weekends. If a man is the biological father of a child he can be named on that child’s birth certificate. As your child’s father is not on his birth certificate he does not have parental responsibility for your child. When I mentioned that we should go to mediation he said that he will fight for the right to be able to take her to US each year for the period of at least 3 months a year. Unmarried parents do not have the same rights as married couples. It is important to remember that there can be a long term emotional impact on children if they are exposed to high levels of conflict or domestic abuse between their parents. Generally, courts seek to maintain the parent-child relationship, and will not inhibit a parent’s ability to see his or her child without just cause. I got pregnant for my boyfriend who is from the UK, while he was in an African country. My child bare the surname of his father. Were do I stand legally and what can I do? When your baby is born you and your boyfriend will share parental responsibility for him or her. This is a complex situation and it is important that you husband takes legal advice as soon as possible. Can she force him to leave? My child is an athlete and I’d like to enter into an endorsement contract with a brand, do need my son’s father signature on the contract as well as my own, or can I legally sign documents without him? Even if the unmarried mother and father live together under the same roof, and even if the father provides for the child, he still does not have any legal rights to the child without a court order. Thank you for your comment Samantha. We would be very happy to assist and would be able to hold an initial meeting by skype. Thank you for your comment Ruth. She has suffered domestic abuse at the hands of family members since the age of 11 up until 2 months ago since Our Islamic marriage. Is she capable of doing this based on just this reason alone? Nevada courts typically award parents joint physical custody of their children born out of wedlock unless it is in the children’s best interest to grant one parent primary physical custody. Hi, My son is on the birth certificate of his son but everything is still going through family courts and my son has just discovered that his ex partner and child have moved from where she lived without my son been informed…He now has no idea where his son is living, children services are also already involved in my grandsons wellbeing etc..My son has not heard from anyone regarding his son’s change of address and is heartbroken at the thought of never seeing his son again… The mother has also put in a false claim of assault and now my son has been charged and is waiting for his trail to start…Would this matter stop him from been informed about his son moving he is nearly 2 years old..Kind regards Sarah. Hope that’s not too long for you. We are making a record of when we have the child to back up our case for if she ever did try to take full custody or if she ever decided to move far away or even out of the country (because she’s not British). Hi im not married with father of my child and hes not in his Birthcertficat so do i have right to see his family and his house for my child safry because he try to take my son out with me and i cant trust him as i really dont know about him because we had very short relationship between us. The amount of time that a court orders a child should spend with a parent will depend on the individual circumstances of the case. Eventually I got him to agree to regular contact and a schedule to keep consistent. Since the birth of my son things have only got worse, I do not want to be with him anymore, he is an absolute waste of a father. I’ve already contacted child maintenance last year but they could find him on the system. Hi.. am working in uk but my son lives with he father in south Africa and I send money for my son and myself and he father are not together anymore.. my son lives with he father as I have be here for a year but go home every other month… the father is not taking me to court for full custody.. Your situation is complex and I am not able to provide tailored legal advice in this forum, but if you contact the office we would be happy to arrange an initial appointment for you. I have a son with my partner (unmarried) born in uk. Im not legally married to him and i didnt go register the birth with him, he did it on his own. I recommend that he calls the office to make an initial appointment. I suggest that you contact a family lawyer in South Africa. What are his rights and can his ex stop him from taking. A family solicitor will be able to advise you and support you in leaving your partner in a safe way. Your son’s father cannot relinquish parental responsibility for your son. My son has he’s father’s surname and in birth certificate. Regarding her state of mind she has had multiple nervous breakdowns during her lifetime where she has lost a mother and brother to illness and accident, this has had a detrimental affect on her logical thinking, she has been considered a very vulnerable person by her cancer doctor and also councillors. Thanks for your comment Sally. A child’s name cannot be changed without the permission of everyone with parental responsibility (in this case the father) or permission of the court. The court would prefer for children to be cared for by both parents, and the well being of the child is the highest priority. However he’s now insisting on being able to see our son whenever he wishes and has refused outright to provide any financial contribution despite my agreement that he can send whatever he can afford as long as it’s a regular payment. This holds true even if the couple is cohabiting or in a long-term exclusive relationship. Hi, is it possible to change my son’s middle name without my partner consent? If you require advice relating to your specific situation please contact the office and we would be happy to arrange an initial appointment for you. You should seek advice about your particular situation, including child arrangements and the jointly owned properties. I look after the child whilst the partner is at work so I am the main carer. A specialist Resolution lawyer will be able to assist you. After paternity is established either through a presumption of paternity, an acknowledgment of paternity, or an adjudication of paternity, the court will determine custody, visitation, and child support. You should seek advice from a specialist family lawyer to discuss the framework that best suits you. Can her mom decide when i can and can’t see her? Identifying himself as the child’s legal father will ensure an unmarried father’s rights to seek custody and make important decisions concerning the child. Parental responsibility can only be removed from a parent in very narrow circumstances, such as when a child is adopted or a parental order is made. About 16 months ago, I separated from the father of my kids after he admitted to being a drug addict and a repetitve cheat since the beginning of our 12 years relationship. Alternatively, please do contact us if we can help further. Thank you for your comment Nihal. I sought legal advice at the time, and they recommended mediation, to which she didn’t turn up, nor contact. What are my rights in these sort of decisions? My partner has a child from his previous relationship. I recommend that you consult with a specialist family solicitor so that you consider how to safely end your relationship, if this is what you want. This means that father has no rights or responsibilities when it comes to the child. Generally, you should not try to change your child’s home without the consent of everyone with parental responsibility or an order of the court. Thank you for your comment Mike. Often, the child’s birth certificate which states otherwise is sufficient to rebut this presumption, but it seems that the Dutch authorities are not satisfied by this. Today we will consider unmarried parents’ legal relationship with their children and tomorrow we will move on to consider the financial obligations. My ex partner wants to register the birth with me and keeps pushing me to let him take a paternity test. It has become clear that her mother has now stopped her using her iPad so we can no longer freely communicate. Custody and visiting rights. I recommend hat you call the office and make an initial appointment so that we can explore your options further. I want to work every two months and go home for two months and then come back for two months again as I work and ofcourse want the best for my 6 year old son.. how do I start where do I start..? I’d be now wants to start seeing her, when he hasn’t for the past 11 years) can he force her to see him. My family live far away (abroad). Thank you for your comment Liam. Since then ( 2011-2012) , at its own discretion, suggesting that she was advised to do so by social workers that have never see me or talked to me, she would not let me be alone under any circumstances with my son, describing me as an emotionally unstable person ( even dangerously violent) that would put under serious risk the safety of our child. I strongly urge you to take urgent legal advice about your situation. Copyright © 2021 — Wells Burcombe LLP • All rights reserved. And I can’t just fly over every week. What I would like to know is what legal document can I have that can state that I am the sole guardian/only parent for my son? My partner (my daughter’s father)‘s name is on the birth certificate, we registered her together. I never had any problems with police or never used any drugs or anything like this. I don’t know what to do…. Hi Dani, I am not able to give tailored advice on this forum as I would need to know much more about your situation first, to ensure that I am giving the best advice for you. Divorced from the father of my children, he has stated he wants to hold no responsibilities at all and will sign it all over to me. we have done Islamic marriage and split up. His parents gave them £10k deposit for their house and his reason for staying is he says he owns more of the house! I strongly suggest that your friend seek legal advice from a specialist family lawyer in relation to this matter. There's value to reading the literal language in a statute, but it's helpful to also see the statute in plain English. The court would make the decision based on what they believe is in your child’s best interests. Hello Lauren, thanks for your blog post. I want to help a situation that is arising with my girlfriends brother. I am a single mum with a daughter to a man I never married. I don’t care about the car, sell it… I’ll buy my own one, so as these threats are no longer working he’s now using our daughter as a threat for me keeping him around. You should take legal advice as soon as possible and if you contact the office we will be happy to book an initial appointment for you. The judge will determine whether parents should share custody, or one parent should have a majority or sole custody based on the best interest of the child. Thanks for your comment Poppy. Thanks for your comment Kirsty. Please can I have people’s opinions on this situation, does she have the right to be doing what she’s doing, and what I might be able to do. He sleeps in till 3pm on most of his days off, doesn’t help with my son at all and doesn’t even attend his doctors appotiments. She says that i am never gonna see my child again . There is no time limit on your child’s father applying for a declaration of parentage at any time, which would update your son’s birth certificate. If your partner has parental responsibility for the child then you would be committing a criminal offence if you take your child out of the jurisdiction of England and Wales without the father’s consent, Hay I have 2 children same dad for both boys name Is on both birth certificates, we split 3 years ago and he has taken them every weekend since, other then that hes turned very bitter and has reported me to social services with false accusations which was cleared haven me arrested and is trying to take me to court to get full custody for both children as I have asked for some extra support with my youngest son who has behaviour issues. We are unable to provide tailored legal advice in this forum, but if you contact uscontact uscontact us to make an appointment one of our specialists would be happy to meet with you (virtually) for an initial consultation. A month after he was born he called me one day to say he returned to his country in Portugal and that should follow him there to do the test, that was back in June 2019. I have noticed that we are not right together and would like to split with him but he kept saying that I will not able to have the two kids (6 yrs and another 2 months old) if I leave him because I do not earn enough / I do not earn more than him. Due to her unstable mind and inability to at times make rational decisions and the volatility of her families violent behaviour towards her I do not feel my children will be in a safe environment. If we can assist on a formal basis please do get in touch. He is very controlling and always has been, he had been threatening me with everything including having my daughter taken away from me for no reason – just to make me feel scared – he has also seriously assaulted me on two separate occasions. He pays weekly payments always has done. The ex is taking my comments extremely seriously and demands I tell my family and wife about my 12.5 year old. He also said he will ask the court for my daughter to have a dual citizenship. You may also want to consider getting advice from a family lawyer before entering into the mediation, so that you understand your rights and responsibilities as well as your options should mediation fail. Thank you for your comment Harry. Unless otherwise ordered by the courts, both parents have joint legal custody if they resided together after the birth of the child, regardless of their marriage status. Hi, Im a father and have parental responsibility of my child as per birth certificate. For seven years she kept her address secret so i couldn’t reach them also. ( as a citizen of the European Union). Im waiting for flights to open again and want to go back to my parents, he said he is happy if i go but i never know if he change his mind about it.. And i want to really stay there. If meditation does not work, l know l will have to go to court to gain access to my daughter. The challenges faced by unmarried parents remain the same i.e. She is using the child as a bit of a weapon and seems to think she is in complete control. However, he is very abusive emotionally and doesn’t like me involving or telling my family anything especially if it has to do with the baby even before be was born. If an unmarried father does not have parental responsibility, an application should also be made for a parental responsibility order. The court would then decide what arrangements are in your daughters best interests and can make an order that she lives with one parent and spends time with the other, or that she lives with both parents at defined times. Hello! So its a bit of a long one… I have two daughters 9 & 11 years old, have been divorced for 7 years and have seen them every fortnight, and whenever possible since. Contact centres are often used for interim arrangements if one parent is alleging that the other parent is a risk to a child. Thank you. Or daughter is 12 and has lived with me in Spain for 6 years with her older sister (15). As father, he can make an application at court in relation to your child, for example for parental responsibility and/or a child arrangements order for the child to spend time with him. Dear Anais, thank you for your comment. Its actually proper scary this time, and I have also recently found out about other hospitalisation incidents of the girls when younger that I was not informed of by their mother/inlaws. This means that you do not have an obligation to consult him on issues relating to your child’s welfare. Your email address will not be published. Hi there i need some advice my ex husband mother text me that her son want yo take our son out for few hours evening time for meal he came at 7pm he said he return him at 9 he called me at 10 he said he will not return him i am the one who he lives with at i dont know what to do he blocked my number and his mum not picking up either, Dear Katalin. I made it clear to her that I have no interest in the 12.5 year olds wellbeing, neither do I wish to bond or be part their life, or wish to acknowledge him as my own child (despite highly likely we are biologically linked). An unmarried mother can have sole physical and legal custody of the child if the father is drug or alcohol dependent, has a history of abuse or neglect, or is physically incapable of child care. * My ex father in law pays for both children and all cousins to go to public school. Hi, have a child a few months old, bf broke up with me when he heard about pregnancy, he stayed in touch and has been supportive since the birth but he is very patronizing, comes over everyday, is trying to push me away, wants to be involved in everything, he has been disrespectful to my friends too. I do not know enough about your situation to comment in this regard. Will she be entitled to half of the value of the family home even though as mentioned he had some inheritance money which was given to him whilst they were living together and 2-properties which were sold to enable him to buy the family home. Trying to solve things out, i even agreed to I get to spend some test, ( after her request) in official center dealing with emotional aspects and disorders, the results of which have shown that I’m a perfectly operational person and a capable father. But im scared he will take my baby from me. I hope this helps. She owns the mortgage I pay her monthly rent for living there and we split the nursery costs 50-50. Appeals – Criminal Appeals & Miscarriages of Justice (CCRC), Domestic Violence, Assault, Manslaughter & Murder, EEA Applications including Permanent Residence, The woman who gives birth to a child, who is usually the mother, but not always, for example surrogacy arrangements, A father who was married to the mother at the time of birth or subsequently. I’ve offered to pay maintenance, i will be the only one with a job in the separation etc. His biological neglects to provide for the child and refuses to come to agreement on arrangements pertaining to visitation conduct etc ,he now is not allowed to visit my home as he has disrespected my mother on two separate occasions and the last so far and most recent being abusive words and threats of violence towards me threatening to show and take my son by force.ive filed a report and the officer has proceeded to send out a warning to him not to trespass. meeting, spending time, bonding etc..). A few years after moving in, he entered a relationship with a woman with which he has since had 2 children with. If we can assist on a formal basis please get in touch. Washington State Custody Laws and Rights for Unmarried Parents. My question is does he have parental responsibility? As my daughter (of 1 years) father signed the birth certificate with me, I understand he has parental responsibility. Please could you advise? As a preventative measure, I would encourage you both to meet with a family consultant to discuss how you can best deal with conflict when it occurs in your co-parenting relationship. Due to living arrangements I am having to move with my child into my parents house but due to my partner falling out with them he is now threatening to take my child from me even though he will live with his mother. She has previously had cancer and is in remission, in the event she leaves and lives separately and then passes away she has said she will leave other family members as the children’s guardian. Thanks. Hi. Any advice please? Dear Noah. You can find the eligibility requirements here. If it is impossible to reach an agreement, then you could consider arbitration as an alternative to court proceedings. I suggest that you benefit from legal advice around you current situation, if you contact the office we will be happy to make an appointment for you. My ex partner and I have parental responsibility, we were not married but he is in our son’s birth certificate. What measures can I take to safeguard the children once they are born? You share parental responsibility for one of your daughter with the child’s mother. You have raised a number of serious issues in your comment so I encourage you take legal advice at the earliest opportunity. Thanks. I have never prevented him from seeing his daughter and have often cancelled our own family plans to accommodate his. The court would prefer for children to be cared for by both parents, and the well being of the child is the highest priority. If I leave I want the kids to stay with her so there is no battle there. I’m a single mother who was never married but do appreciate that my child’s father has legal responsibility for him. I feel trapped, can I make arrangements for alternative accommodation for me and my daughter and leave? I would suggest that you consider entering into mediation with your child’s mother, so that you have some support and structure to your discussions. Hi, my little girl lives with me and sees her dad 2 nights a week. You both have the right to be consulted when decisions need to be made about her education, health or welfare, including were she is going to live. His son on holiday? Hello – you will need to contact an immigration solicitor to assist with your enquiry. Parents have the option of settling a parenting plan through mediation or outside of court, but if they are not able to reach an agreement on their own, they will have to bring their case before a judge. I am a bit anxious on my current situation. I have recently been told that my rights should not be limited because of their wealth, and that as a registered married father of both girls on birth certificates, that I should also have 50% of their school holiday times for access. I hope this helps. Mississippi’s child custody laws can be confusing. My so is sole owner of the family home which she has never contributed to and never paid any bills or food shopping . both my partner and i share parental responsibility but i worry for the safty of my twins when i leave them with him!, he is a good dad on paper he provides for them but there have been time where iv seen him ignore, shout and even be some what nasty to them if they cry or wont be quiet! This is a complex issue and you should seek urgent advice from a specialist family solicitor. I am from europe so i dont have any family to go to here and at the moment i cant even fly to my home to stay with my parents. You do not need to include the father’s name on the birth certificate when you register the birth. 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